HOW TO START DOING GENEALOGY
There's really only one way to begin: with your own family. You need to sit down with every relative and ask about their folks, questions like, "Who were they? Where did they come from?" and the like. Make detailed notes. Pay special attention to any specific dates being given; these are crucial. You need to discover the locations where your people traveled from and to, and if you can, answer the question, "Why?"
Next, I recommend joining Ancestry.com. Don't waste time looking for censuses, etc., on your own. There is a great chance that Ancestry has documents you need to advance your research. When you've gone through those, the library can be your next stop.
Don't forget to Google and Bing everyone. Weird stuff turns up! Do this occasionally, and change up your search terms.
Try some of the search sites in the middle column there.
If you have a male relative of your surname, you need to record your Y-DNA. Go to Family Tree DNA and order a kit. Get the 67-marker, or at least the 37, Anything below that is pretty much worthless. You will find matches on FTDNA, and if they have the same surname, that's kinfolk.
When you are building your online tree, don't forget to add photos! You'll meet cousins on there who will be so glad to see them!
Once your Ancestry tree is pretty well done, buy the product they put out called Family Tree Maker. You can download what you've done online into FTM, and the photos and source references come along. Make charts! Burn and share DVDs! Make a gift of your family history to someone.
Ancestry.com - the most fun!
Our Family Tree - a free genealogy site, one massive tree and growing. Sign up and add your family
new link for Land Patent Search
Just 4 Me
click on departments
choose local and family history
click (left side of screen) newspaper archives
enter a surname in the box "newspaper title browse
TO do: work this surname list
Index to Abstracts of Wills & Estate Records Granville County, NC 1746-1808:
Just For Me (Look Away)
Benton County 1836 Census, 5th District
Big Font Pope Page note: some of this is wrong, but some is good
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